Notes in the Margin: The Library of the Future
By Carol Feltes
Yes! Somebody “gets” it…The library of the future.
The changing technological landscape is changing the way we share, process, and store information, and libraries are evolving to match this change.
Tim O’Reilly’s blog Tools for Change in Publishing (TOC) is exactly what it’s name implies, and the January 29 issue features a great post under Kat and Joe’s column Must Reads: “Bookless Bibliotechs.” They comment on a new report that celebrates the emerging library of the 21th century – a place not of books, but of knowledge. The study, by the Pew Research Center, can be found here (excerpt below).
The internet has already had a major impact on how people find and access information, and now the rising popularity of e-books is helping transform Americans’ reading habits. In this changing landscape, public libraries are trying to adjust their services to these new realities while still serving the needs of patrons who rely on more traditional resources. In a new survey of Americans’ attitudes and expectations for public libraries, the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project finds that many library patrons are eager to see libraries’ digital services expand, yet also feel that print books remain important in the digital age.